Winter may not be known as a fashionable season, however Nate Hill is making headlines this season with his new line of living, breathing scarves that might leave Peta scratching their heads. That’s because his NSFW Trophy scarves as his website would insist to call them are actually white women! No not scarves with illustrations of white women on them, rather REAL naked white women that he wears around his neck. His mission statement goes as follows: “I wear white women for status and power”.
Now before you start adding your picks to your shopping cart, you must know that this is actually an art project that is a parody of people (black men in particular) treating white women like status symbols. Hill puts the naked white women over his shoulders in a fireman’s carry, and then poses for photographs. These stunts are ways in which Hill addresses the social stigma attached to interracial relationships, in addition to bringing to light how white women are regarded as a status symbol.
Iman Carol Fears explained the reasoning behind Hill’s Trophy Scarves like this: Marrying/having a relationship with a white woman seems to be something many successful black men do immediately upon gaining success (Kanye and A$AP Rocky anyone?) and they do it for a number of reasons: because white women are the beauty standard, because of internalized racism, because they want children with lighter skin than their own, etc. A white woman isn’t a trophy, she’s a person. That’s what this art piece is criticizing.”
This piece is surely getting the discussion started and even more so the recognition. So what do you think about Hill’s latest gimmick?